Derek, do you get the 'writers block'? How do you rejuvenate your creativity?
Thats a great question. I definitely do. What I do is that anytime I see an image that inspires me in anyway I add it to my Evernote. Before any shoot I will research the model by looking through all or most of their photos. Find out what angels I like on them, how I think they look their best. How I think they will be most comfortable. Then I look through my Evernote and with the ideas I have from looking through the models work, I start to collect photos that I think could generate a cool look. So really the way that I rejuvenate my creativity is by looking through the work, photos, paintings and art in general that inspires me. By having that collection of inspiration at my finger tips at any time, its like having a customer made writers block crusher.
As for actual writing, not ideas for photography, I actually have stolen my idea from photography stuff to do the same. I have collections or writing, quotes, passages, chapters, in my Evernote that I will read through when I need inspiration or idea.
Essentially what Im saying is that Evernote has become my brain repository, and I rejuvenate it by re-reading/revisiting the art that has inspired me.
What is some good film to use? Also where can I develop my film man. I'm new to this process
Oh man. There are LOTS of good films to use.
My two favorite files are Kodak Portra 400 (Thats the only film I’m shooting for my 365 days of Leica Project) and Ilford delta 3200 B&W (super grainy black and white film!).
If you just starting with film you can get film at most pharmacies, walgreens, rite-aid, CVS, whatever type places is near you. They also develop at most. Once you want higher quality film a developing get the ones above and look up a photo lab on yelp.
Ive spent about the last week consolidating 10 to 15 hard drives into a single massive LightRoom library. Its a crazy thing to see 10 years of your life all massed together into a single place. Seeing how Ive evolved and the pictures I take have changed its both embarrassing and intriguing.
Even seeing myself 3 years ago feels like looking at a stranger. Weird that photography can have that effect.